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Leah & Sam’s Romantic Tropical Queensland Wedding
KWH bride Leah with new husband Sam, wearing the FONTANNE; a flattering beaded wedding dress with a V-neck and bias cut skirt.

Leah & Sam’s Romantic Tropical Queensland Wedding

KWH bride Leah with new husband Sam, wearing the FONTANNE; a flattering beaded wedding dress with a V-neck and bias cut skirt.

KWH bride Leah with new husband Sam, wearing the Fontanne; a flattering beaded wedding dress with a V-neck and bias cut skirt.

Leah and Sam met at work. Leah says to this day that she has no recollection of the first time (or second, or third time) she met Sam. Eventually, the pair worked on a project together and they just clicked. Even though Sam and Leah are completely different in most ways and worked in totally different teams, they’re the perfect example of ‘opposites attract’.

On the proposal

Every Valentine’s weekend Leah and Sam go to Burleigh for the weekend, and last year Leah organised everything.
“I had been saying I’d love to go for a walk to the headland at sunrise and when Sam woke me up he said ‘do you still want to go for a walk’? I was none the wiser, I didn’t put deodorant on, I didn’t put makeup on, I didn’t even brush my teeth (lesson learnt here! I was half asleep). We sat and watched the sunrise and spoke about all the things we wanted to achieve this year and then Sam got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was so surprised I just started crying and I think I said ‘I don’t have any makeup on!’ before I said ‘YES!’. It was low key and intimate and TOTALLY Sam.”

Leah celebrating her wedding with husband; wearing the FONTANNE wedding dress by Karen Willis Holmes.
Leah celebrating her wedding with husband; wearing the FONTANNE wedding dress by Karen Willis Holmes.
Leah celebrating her wedding with husband; wearing the FONTANNE wedding dress by Karen Willis Holmes.

On the venue

Leah and Sam chose to get married at the stunning Austinvilla Estate. The couple wanted to have a weekend wedding somewhere where all of their guests could stay on site.

 

“Sam is very private and doesn’t care about social media or anything like that which is great, so we wanted to focus less on ‘Instagram-able’ moments and more on how we could make every second count with our friends and family that had traveled so far.”

 

Leah and Sam also hosted a recovery party the next day to spend even more time with the people they love.

 

The highlight for me was walking down the aisle and seeing everyone I loved smiling back at me, and the recovery party.

KWH bride Leah & Sam just married at wedding ceremony; bride wearing FONTANNE by Karen Willis Holmes.

All the styling details

Focusing more on their spectacular venue – Leah and Sam chose to keep their styling quite minimal. Opting for neutral and blush florals and natives for their bouquets, floral arrangements and aisle layouts created by Joy Fiori Florals.

KWH bride Leah's white wedding cake; featuring red and pink roses.
KWH bride Leah's white wedding cake; featuring red and pink roses.
KWH bride Leah's white wedding cake; featuring red and pink roses.

The Dress

Leah purchased the Fontanne gown from our LUXE collection in our Brisbane Boutique.

I had seen the Fontanne gown the week we got engaged but decided I wanted to have my dress designed. It didn’t turn out the way I wanted so I decided to buy the gown I’d loved all those months before.

Leah getting ready for wedding with her bridesmaids; wearing the FONTANNE gown by Karen Willis Holmes.
KWH bride Leah with new husband Sam; wearing the FONTANNE beaded wedding dress featuring a V-neck bodice and bias cut skirt.

Accessorising

Leah wore our Fontanne gown with the Alice Trains and our Lucienne veil. Finishing off her effortless look, Leah wore a pair of earrings from Valere.

KWH bride Leah holding bridal bouquet with bridesmaids; featuring red, white, and pink roses.
KWH bride Leah with new husband Sam; wearing the FONTANNE beaded wedding dress and long veil.

Gown hunting tips

“Don’t get it made haha!”

KWH bride Leah and husband Sam kiss at wedding ceremony.

What does love mean to you?

“I’m fortunate enough to have found my soul mate in Sam. He makes me laugh every day and supports all my crazy ideas. I think it’s just about being there for each other and trying our best to make each other’s lives easier in every way that we can.”

Intimate picture of KWH bride Leah & Sam under wedding veil.

Suppliers:

Venue – Austinvilla Estate / Celebrant – Andy Heuser / Photographer – Celia Galpin / Florist –  Joy Fiori Florals / Videographer – Cristian Prieto / Hair – Laura from Bunny and Bohe / Makeup– Annabelle Hogg / Music – Rob Edwards Music / Bridesmaids dresses – Zimmerman / Wedding Bands – AG Jewellers / Bombonieres – Byron Bay Chocolate Co. / Bridal Jewellery – Valere

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